Rowe Labor Day Presents:
The Rowe Labor Day community sponsors online programs with a variety of different topics and presenters. For more information on the different presenters, read their bios at the bottom of the page.
The community is proud to present the following recorded programs. Keep an eye on our upcoming programs for the next session.
Flow and Flair: A Flag Dance Experience
Recorded March 17 2021
This class is committed to turning “I can’t” into “I can” and is for all ages and abilities.
Flag dance is derived from the “spin arts” and the Flow and Flair mini-flag is the tool of expression for people who feel they can’t dance or move or who are a bit introverted. Online, Flow and Flair has been able to work around the mini-flag by encouraging participants at home to find an article of fabric (washcloth, handkerchief) as a substitute until we are up and running to retail the Flow and Flair mini-flag online. Before Covid, Flow and Flair was impacting the senior, lgbtqia and disabilities communities in USA and India.
Participants learn flag basics, are warmed up to move and the class then create moves with the mini-flag and we work together to build a dance. Flow and Flair stimulates a person’s creativity and engages the body in dance so that the participant is really releasing and being fully self-expressed!
We end with a meditative singing cool down and the participants are left feeling alive, excited and happy.
Not one flag dance is the same because Flow and Flair facilitates community building, creativity, and inclusivity. With 6 years of experience, we guarantee an hour of escape and connection.
Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”
Recorded December 23 2020
This month’s community call will be a group reading of a favorite holiday story, Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”. It will be followed by a chat about your holiday traditions. The story is short, maybe 13 pages, and delightful. Make some ginger tea or spike your eggnog and then settle in as we each take turns reading a part. You can also just listen if you prefer.
Originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in December 1956, this tiny gem of a holiday story starts with 7-year-old Buddy inaugurating the holiday season by crying out to his cousin: “It’s fruitcake weather!” So begins an unforgettable portrait of an unusual and enduring friendship between two innocent souls–one young and one old–and the memories they create from beloved holiday rituals.
Get a hard copy or you can find free copies of the PDF in multiple places on the internet.
From Chaos to Clarity
Recorded September 23 2020
Are you bothered by events and things that affect you, but really aren’t about you? Do you let other people’s opinions get into your brain? Are you not sure what things you should do to move forward in your life and create the change you want to see in the world? Ken will introduce you to the Intentional Action Matrix and show you how it can help manage your job search strategy, life decisions, or just manage stress in the time of COVID-19 to help make decisions that will serve you best. Information on the Intentional Action Matrix at https://resonare.com/intentional-action-matrix/.
Ken Mattsson has been helping professionals and organizations to learn, change, and grow for over 30 years. He is a Career & Professional Development Consultant with Resonare Consulting, and he has worked in the fields of higher education, telecommunications, health care, utilities, and publishing. Ken has been a long time attendee at Rowe Labor Day as a participant, workshop leader, and small group leader. He’s also been an organizer and presented numerous programs at Easton Mountain, Boston Living Soulfully, and other organizations.
Michael fell in love with the Rowe Labor Day Retreat in 2007 and has been a regular participant since. He is a bit of a vagabond having been a house restoration contractor, teacher, and psychotherapist. He lives in Providence, R.I. where he works as a crisis interventionist and yoga teacher. Stops along the way include Seattle, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and Yamanashi,Japan, Ayrshire, Scotland and Salamanca, Spain. He speaks three languages and loves a good poem. Spiritual centers of gravity include yoga, Unitarian Universalism, Vipassana meditation and 12 step programs. His passion is helping others to clear blockages and make space for new possibilities in their lives.